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The 2011 Lincoln MKX delivers 15 percent more horsepower (305 ponies in all) and 12 percent more torque (280 pound-feet) than the outgoing model, and that added power comes with the added bonus of improved efficiency. The Environmental Protection Agency has rated the 2011 MKX at 19 miles per gallon in the city and 26 mpg around the highway, besting the Lexus RX350 by one mpg in the city and on the highway. That's a combined 21 mpg, which Ford says is enough to best its nine closest competitors.

was able to crank up ponies while also ratcheting up efficiency by adding twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to its 3.7-liter V6 engine. TI-VCT enables a larger torque-curve while also improving power by 10 percent and efficiency by 4.5 percent versus an engine without the technology. The 3.7-liter engine, which is also available on the 2011 Mustang and the 2011 Edge Sport, also utilizes aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff to further increase efficiency. Basically, the engine shuts down whenever the driver doesn't need engine torque.

The EPA has also rated the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid, which scores 36 mpg on the highway and 41 mpg in the city. That's the same numbers as the Ford Fusion Hybrid, which shares a common powertrain, and six mpg better than the smaller Lexus HS250h. Hit the jump to read over the Ford presser.

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* 2011 Lincoln MKX receives official certification by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with best-in-class fuel economy of any luxury midsize crossover, delivering 19 mpg in city driving and 26 mpg on the highway
* 2011 Lincoln MKX also boasts best-in-class 305 horsepower, 40 more than the outgoing product, and 280 lb.-ft. of torque versus all V6 competitors
* New 3.7-liter V6 engine employs several fuel-efficient strategies that also improve performance, including twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT), aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff and battery management

DEARBORN, Mich., July 7, 2010 – The 2011 Lincoln MKX is the newest vehicle in the premium maker's lineup to offer best-in-class horsepower and torque and the best fuel economy of any luxury crossover vehicle on the market.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX received final fuel economy certification this week, achieving 19 mpg city and 26 mpg highway, with a combined fuel economy of 21 mpg, topping all competitors, including the Lexus RX350, Cadillac SRX and BMW X5, with not only horsepower but now fuel efficiency as well.

"The new 2011 MKX is the latest vehicle to deliver on Lincoln's commitment of industry-leading performance and fuel efficiency," said Derrick Kuzak, Ford's group vice president, Global Product Development. "It offers no compromises with best-in-class fuel economy, horsepower and torque."

2011 Lincoln MKX vs. the Competition
City Highway Combined
2011 Lincoln MKX 3.7L V6 FWD 19 26 21
2010 Acura ZDX 3.7L V6 AWD 16 23 19
2010 Audi Q5 3.2L V6 AWD 18 23 20
2011 BMW X5 3.0L V6 4WD 17 25 20
2010 Cadillac SRX 3.0L V6 FWD 18 25 21
2010 Infiniti FX35 3.5L V6 RWD 16 23 19
2010 Lexus RX350 3.5L V6 FWD 18 25 21
2010 Mercedes-Benz ML350 3.5L V6 FWD 16 21 18
2010 Volkswagen Touareg 3.6L V6 4WD 14 19 16
2010 Volvo XC70 AWD 16 22 18

*All numbers certified by the EPA. Best-in-class numbers in bold

The horsepower of the 2011 Lincoln MKX has increased to 305 – a 15 percent increase compared to the outgoing product – while torque has increased 12 percent to 280 lb.-ft.

"The Lincoln MKX doesn't sacrifice power to receive its great fuel economy," Kuzak said. "Our engineers were able to deliver an increase in power and torque in a fashion that reflects the luxurious driving experience that Lincoln is known for."

Lincoln's first-ever hybrid – the 2011 Lincoln MKZ Hybrid – was recently named the most fuel-efficient luxury sedan in America, delivering 41 mpg in city driving and 36 mpg on the highway. This tops the vehicle's nearest competitor – the Lexus HS 250h – by 6 mpg.

The 2010 Lincoln MKT with EcoBoost™ continues to provide better gas highway fuel economy – 21 mpg – than any other all-wheel-drive vehicle in its class.

For the 2011 MKX, engineers integrated the new 3.7-liter V6 engine, which uses twin independent variable camshaft timing (Ti-VCT) to increase the vehicle's power and fuel economy. The broadened torque curve allows the intake valve to be advanced, delivering about a 10 percent power increase compared to non-Ti-VCT engines. Variable timing control of both the intake and exhaust camshafts helps extract more energy from each drop of fuel, leading to a 4.5 percent improvement in fuel economy.

The engine also employs a control strategy called aggressive deceleration fuel shutoff to save fuel. This strategy shuts off the engine when the driver doesn't need engine torque. It uses the momentum from the torque delivered to the transmission to move the vehicle, rather than more fuel.

"The 2011 Lincoln MKX will continue to propel the Lincoln lineup that is already ahead of the curve," Kuzak said.

The 2011 Lincoln MKX continues to reinforce Ford Motor Company's record largest increase in fuel economy gains over the past five years, according to the EPA.

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    • 1 Second Ago
      • 5 Years Ago
      I would purchase a Cadillac over any Lincoln based on designing, power, handling, and just any other reason I may have forgot............
      • 5 Years Ago
      Best in class fuel economy.

      Worst in class sales.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Good gas mileage is great, but has anyone looked at their prices lately? Some Fords overlap some Lincolns in pricing! Lincoln will be moving some models down stream and some Fords will be moving up stream; but wait: they are becoming Mercury's!!! What bozos!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Can you give us all some examples of "some" Fords that overlap "some" Lincolns? Pretty vague there, and I'm sure you could also do that same exercise with any company that has two divisions with one being more luxury oriented. Check all the options and you can get any car to be expensive. For example, it's quite easy to get a Chevy Equinox to price out higher than a Cadillac SRX with the right options checked. I just did it. The difference is that the Caddy comes with most of those things standard.

        And what about them becoming Mercury? I'm assuming you are referring to badge engineering. The 2011 MKX is the last Lincoln to share a body with a Ford (since it is a MCE, not an all new car). There will never again be a Lincoln version of a Ford vehicle with just a different front and rear fascia and interior. We've seen that with the current MKS and MKT and we'll see it again with the next all new MKZ and MKX.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The X5 Diesel gets 19/26 (22 combined).

      How exactly is Ford defining their classes?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Actually, the X5 Diesel gets one better mpg on the combined rating than the MKX.

        Ford is the one splitting hairs. It's one thing to leave out hybrids because they add a lot of cost, but to leave out Diesels that are similar in price to gas equivalents you consider is just rigging the test.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Yes, the X5 diesel gets the same 19/26 as the MKX. A tie for first place is still first place.

        Stop splitting hairs every time Ford has good news.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Ford compares it to the X5 themselves in their press release right here:

        2011 BMW X5 3.0L V6 4WD 17 25 20

        Are they the morons you are referring to?

        They just seem to have omitted the X5 Diesel as "the competition". Ford seems to be just defining the class as everything they can beat.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What about the Edge?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, the MKX is a Lincoln, not a Ford (which is who manufactures the Edge).
      • 5 Years Ago
      Those radio and HVAC buttons look like they'll rub off nicely after a few years of use, bad idea!
        • 5 Years Ago
        Those radio and HVAC buttons are laser etched, so yeah, I don't think so. Nice try though.
        • 5 Years Ago
        You're an idiot, They will rub off. Look at the laser etched radio controls on the 04+ Mitsu Endeavor or the automatic HVAC on the 09-10 Sonata. Both show signs of rubbing off within a year, Especially when the driver regualrly uses lotion or petroleum based prducts on their hands, then touches those controls. NICE try...pfft
      • 5 Years Ago
      Umm, the rear lamps are weird... again.
      I can't get those of MKZ out of my head and those MKS has are somehow out-of-place too. I'm not saying everything Lincoln has is fugly or bland, but I definitely hope that when FoMoCo focuses on Lincoln they will do something about Lincoln design department. ("Like establish one...", kiddin')
        • 5 Years Ago
        I dunno...I kinda like them
        • 5 Years Ago
        Not down with the new taillights. They're okay but the old ones were much more unique. The interior is pretty nice, but the dash would be extra nice if it was all legit leather. Really, the MKX needs a ground-up redesign.

        • 5 Years Ago
        I really liked the lights on the old one (as of this comment i haven't even looked at the rear of this one). They were uniquely Lincoln, and had a fantastic glow at night.

        opinions are opinions i guess.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Looks so much better in EVERY single way! Except the manual shift buttons on the gear-shift. Couldn't they have utilized paddles or at least a shift gate??
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the chrome/dark grille... Wish the headlights were darkened, as well. Otherwise, I couldn't care much less about yet another big CUV.

      Now, Lincoln... BUILD SOMETHING SPORTY. MKR/MK-IX, please. Use all that R&D you at FoMoCo spent on Tata's new Jaguars. :D

      And, don't pull a MKS... offer the EcoBoost dark grille, and dark saddle and black leather interior with the Kona Blue paint. Why does the Kona Blue paintjob on the MKS kill the EcoBoost Appearance package stuff? If I had my way, on a sporty car, the darker treatment would be standard anyway.

      Build a RWD 3-door 2+2 coupe, and 5-door 4-seat, sport sedan pairing. More lithe than CTS or Genesis sedan. Sleeker than G37 or BMW 3-series. Long, low, wide, and sleek, with a nicely raked and tapered front end. Even moreso than MKS, and certainly not as blunt as MKZ.

      Build it with an upgraded chassis (not just hold-over S197), with a 4-wheel SLA suspension, 3.7 V7, EcoBoost V6, and 5-liter V8 engine options, set well behind the front axle, and a rear-mounted dual-clutch automated transaxle. (manual and automatic modes). Less than 3900lbs, fully loaded, and 50/50 or ever so slightly rearward weight biased. Given Mustang's weight, this should be do-able.

      Given Mustang's engines, it would be a pretty nice premium sporty, near-lux Grand Touring coupe and sedan pairing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      It's a bold design, and I like where Lincoln is going with it. Mulally can now focus entirely on Lincoln's lineup while the luxury brand continue to search for its image and place in the luxury car world. I'd love to see where Lincoln is 5 years from now!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Nice Mercury!

      But seriously - I just can't warm up to this front end styling...
      ...and whenever I read about new Lincolns, I always think of that 1972 America song "A Horse with No Name"

      And what's with the scuffed leather to the right of the AC controls?
      • 5 Years Ago
      are these power/fuel economy numbers calculated using regular 87 octane? THAT would be impressive.
        • 5 Years Ago
        yes, 87 octane is the recommended fuel
        • 5 Years Ago

        The V6 is rated on regular, in the Mustang (same V6). Only the 5.0 V8 is rated on premium, however, it does run fine on regular also.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Oh, I'd say 'dam' fine!
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